Looking for inspiration for the Family Connect column I re-read a blog by our Bright Futures home based early childhood......
Respite care means children up to the age of eight can spend time with another family to give the parent a break. The service aims to support sole parents and their children by providing a safe time out for both the parents and the child.
Our Respite caregivers are volunteers, usually professionals and parents with their own families who want to give something back to the community. Our volunteers are always police checked and trained.
Children who stay in Respite care often become part of the family and build friendships with the caregiver(s) and other children in the home. Feedback from all our families involved in the Respire Care service was very positive.
Initially a child will spend just a few hours with their respite caregiver but as they become more comfortable in the environment the time will extend. It is not unusual for a child to stay overnight or for a weekend at the respite caregiver’s home.
A social worker from Napier Family Centre is always on call should there be an emergency while a child is in respite care.